The only way that the EU could have worked was if there had been a level playing field. To be exact, every nation within the union had to enjoy exactly the same level of prosperity. There was never an intention among the richer countries to achieve this and you can hardly blame the people of the poorer countries for moving to where the money was. We should also not blame the poorer people in the richer countries for being afraid that mass immigration would make them even poorer. A little bit of understanding rather than condescending, self-righteous, I know better than you, polemic may have averted the break up of the Union. As it is, as I said, we only have ourselves to blame.